After a strong preseason on a tryout basis, 28-year-old Mason Raymond has signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
According to TSN.ca, the deal is worth $1 million.
The salary cap has made it difficult for teams to manage their assets under this year’s $64 million limit. Some players like Raymond, Brad Boyes in Florida, or Hal Gill in Philadelphia have found themselves trying to earn their keep like a walk-on in college.
Raymond earned his spot this off-season with a strong camp and solid preseason where he’s netted 2 goals and 4 points in 3 pre-season games.
Though most Leafs fans would rather the money go towards re-signing Cody Franson, the Raymond signing could be one of the better moves Nonis’ makes under the radar, if that exists in T.O. We already know the power Carlyle’s preference of players can have on shaping the current Leafs roster, and the Raymond move appears to be no different.
For a low-risk one-year, million dollar gamble, it’s worth a shot.
Appearing in 374 career games with the Vancouver Canucks, Raymond scored 80 goals and 178 points. He is 4 years removed from a 25-goal, 50+ point campaign.
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